Can you believe the single Despacito was first released on the January 12, this year? It seemed like decades ago when the hit got into everyone’s lives. The reggaeton-pop song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee broke records as well. It topped the charts everywhere around the world. Despacito, which translates “Slowly” is now officially the first video to reach 4 billion views on YouTube.
Where to start? The video was the first one to reach 3 billion views as well, but now it went even further. As a matter of fact, as you are reading this, the video has more than 4 billion views (4,012,427,471, to be exact, and the number is going up!).
The reggaeton-pop tune is universally loved, whether you’re sick of it or not and whether you like to admit it or not. Despacito has been dubbed ‘the most authentically Latin chart-topper in the US’ and it was America’s first Spanish language number one hit.
Want to hear it once again? Ready for some moves?
The song is totally catchy, but the video isn’t bad either! It’s got everything a good summer blockbuster music video needs. And that includes: the beautiful sea and sky, a bunch of mates having a good old dance in the club, and some old dudes playing backgammon.
Believe it or not, the song has not only helped a lot of people find their dance moves, but had a great positive impact in Puerto Rico, too.
In July 2017, the tourist interest in the country increased by an amazing 45% since the worldwide success of the song. Moreover, tour operators cite the song’s music video for increasing interest in the locale.
Club La Factoría got a revived clientele, and the brightly colored houses of the La Perla district in Old San Juan, a seaside slum notorious as a violent place for distribution of heroin, quickly became a tourist trap.
Tragically, however, the district was hit by Hurricane Maria. The singer Fonsi helped the volunteers distribute aid to the now-destroyed setting for his song and video.
The original video was shot in Spanish and without Justin Bieber’s verses. It quickly rose to fame.
— Luis Fonsi (@LuisFonsi) October 12, 2017
Fonsi tweeted news of the big milestone, saying:
“Thank you for supporting family. Thanks Puerto Rico.”
The video officially beat Wiz Khalifa’s 2015 hit See You Again featuring Charlie Puth, which honors the late great Paul Walker. It currently has 3.15 billion views.
Last month, Despacito landed atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the 16th consecutive week. That’s the most weeks ever for a single to be at the top, which equals the reign of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s One Sweet Day.
Want to know the English translation by heart? Here is your chance!